America the Beautiful
America the Beautiful is a patriotic song that stirs the emotions. It is also hard to sing well, and for that reason is frequently used in vocal auditions!
Download it free in two keys for easy piano, in six keys as a lead sheet, or with piano accompaniment/four-part harmony.
Here is the new easy piano arrangement, shown in the key of Bb (the other key is C):
A closeup look at page one:
And page two of the easy piano arrangement:
Scroll down the page for the links to the free downloadable PDFs to print
Here are the lead sheets:
It's a good audition song
Because the intervals of the chorus of this popular patriotic song are very tricky to sing without a piano accompaniment (for younger and less experienced singers, at any rate), it makes a good High School Choir audition song.
Try singing it a capella
Oh boy. NOW students can't hide!
Here in Alaska, the audition for being part of the state and local Honor Choirs calls for a couple of major scales, a descending arpeggio (broken chord), and one verse of THIS song, sung with no accompaniment.
What makes this song so difficult to sing without an accompaniment?
I think it is the melody's use of almost all the intervals, and the temporary modulation (change of key) at the end of line two.
Most particularly, starting at the end of line two and into line three, your students who are plagued with intonation weaknesses may have trouble getting back into the tonic.
Those large intervals (4ths, 5ths, and 6ths) in rapid succession are tricky!
Here is what the four-part harmony (or piano version) looks like:
This is the same arrangement you will run into in most hymnals.
The new easy piano links:
Download easy piano arrangement of America the Beautiful in Bb
Download easy arrangement in the key of C
Here are the lead sheet links:
America the Beautiful in the Key of A
America in the Key of Bb
Download lead sheet in the key of B
Download in the key of C
Download in the key of D
Download in the key of G
The links for the piano or four-part harmony arrangement:
Download "Oh Beautiful for Spacious Skies" for piano in A
Download America for piano in key of Bb
Download in key of B
Download in key of C
Download in key of D
Download in key of G (lowest key)
I do recommend having your voice students work with this piece, even if vocal auditions are a long way off!
Do you need a beautiful but easy solo for a young beginning singer? Check out a simple song used in Cinderella, "Lavender's Blue"!
See all the free patriotic songs on my site!
America (My Country 'Tis of Thee)
America the Beautiful
...and if you can't find it here, you might be able to find a (for-sale) version in the "Patriotic" category at Musicnotes:
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This book is available as a digital download from this site, and also from Amazon as a paperback!
This is the perfect easy start for little pianists.
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for little boys or girls.
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Hi, I'm Dana! (Say that like "Anna".) I'm the owner of Music-for-Music-Teachers.com.
Like some of you, I've been playing the piano since early childhood, and added a few other instruments along the way, plus an interest in arranging and composing music.
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